International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2022: Theme, History, Significance, Facts and more

Publish Date: 25 Nov, 2022
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2022: Theme, History, Significance, Facts and more

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2022: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed globally on 25 November. The day marks to fight against the atrocities happening to women in form of domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual exploitation etc. 


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2022: Date

Women's rights activists have recognised November 25 as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. The Mirabai sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 on Rafael Trujillo's command, were the inspiration for choosing this day (1930-1961).


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Theme 2022

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women theme 2022 is  "UNITE! Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls." 


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: History

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, but violence against women and girls is still a widespread issue. In response, the General Assembly passed resolution 48/104, laying the groundwork for a world devoid of gender-based violence. The UNiTE to End Violence against Women was a step in the right direction in 2008. The goal is to increase policymaking and resources devoted to eradicating violence against women and girls around the world as well as raise public awareness of the problem. 


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Significance

The silence, stigma, and shame surrounding it mean that violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive and devastating human rights violations in the world. 

As per the UN, in general terms it manifests itself in physical, sexual, and psychological forms;

- intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide);

- sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber-harassment);

- human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);

- female genital mutilation; and

- child marriage.

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